Education is a pivotal part of our program.
Every day during summer session, each student attends an hour-long class that focuses on academics. This class covers either Math or English Language Arts concepts and strategies. In addition, there is designated reading time built into each week.
Each student is encouraged to strive to become one of their school’s top students and to graduate with honors.
Our emphasis on academics is not only to ensure personal growth and success, but also to increase each student’s eligibility for scholarship opportunities.
Each year, institutions such as Bentley University and Stonehill College award full scholarships to selected students who have completed The Journey. We select our scholars based on their character and their grades.
West Point and the United States Naval Academy also recruit our students.
These relationships are a part of the fabric of the Village that creates life-changing opportunities for our youth.
Create a good rapport with teachers and engage in extra instruction in school.
Complete one SAT/ACT prep course.
Research 5 institutions of higher or professional learning & make honor roll.
Submit applications and interviews for college, vocational school, or military.
Make the honor roll.
Construct an in-depth study plan and outline the resources and time required to meet academic goals.
Formalize a list of possible career tracks & engage in RBTV's networking opportunities.
Our emphasis on academics is not only to ensure personal growth and success, but also to increase each student’s eligibility for scholarship opportunities. Each year, institutions such as Bentley University, Stonehill College, Northern Michigan University and others award full scholarships to selected students who have completed the journey. We select our scholars based on their character and their grades. West Point and the United States Naval Academy also recruit our students. These relationships are a part of the fabric of the village that creates life-changing opportunities for our youth.
Music is a major part of the Ron Burton Training Village. Self respect, creativity and discipline are important values taught at RBTV through the Village Vocals program. Some of our students are gifted musicians, song writers and singers and the RBTV choir gives them the opportunity to enhance and explore their talents. RBTV employs a music director during the summer program. Our music program is integrated throughout our daily schedule and provides a unique, exuberant opportunity for our kids to express themselves in a fun, uplifting environment. At RBTV we carefully select songs that are peaceful and evoke kind, caring thoughts. We also expose the campers to a variety of Broadway, Country and Classical music.
Prep for Success
The ACT/SAT Prep For Success course focuses on the basic fundamentals and rules tested on the SAT /ACT in order to achieve a higher score. This is a continuous methodical approach that incorporates all the rules and concepts students are expected to know, including a step-by-step process that better prepares them to answer the questions.
We teach critical reading, grammar, and math rules and concepts, critical test-taking strategies, and assign weekly homework to facilitate mastering each topic.
Throughout history there has always been tremendous inequality in education for minority students. There is an academic disparity in urban communities where students are under-educated, unmotivated, and defeated by school systems that fail to provide an adequate education. Because of lack of school funding, there is an unequal distribution of academic resources, lack of rigorous standards, poor curriculum, and inadequate technology.
At RBTV we are trying to bridge the educational gap by offering our SAT/ACT initiative to teach students the content tested on these crucial standardized tests. Low standardized test scores often prevent black and Latino students from obtaining a higher education. The rules and concepts for the standardized tests are not taught in most school systems, yet students are expected to achieve a certain score on these tests. We have to recognize and offer minorities the same opportunities and instruction given to students from more affluent backgrounds. Many colleges offer significant academic scholarships for high SAT or SAT scores. Therefore, it is important to have a strong standardized test score. RBTV is empowering minorities with free test preparation and educational enrichment that they would not otherwise be able to afford.
Ron Burton Sr. became a high school All-American; earned 47 scholarships to major colleges and universities around the country; attended Big Ten’s, Northwestern University; became a college All-American and went on to become the first round draft choice in the NFL, the AFL and the Canadian Football League. He played six years for the New England Patriots and is now in the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame.